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Big Bend

compiled by Dennis Trombatore, revised 10/2000, 4/2011

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Field Guides Maps
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Big Bend National Park was established in 1944 in the the southernmost part of Brewster County, Texas after a long struggle at the local, state, and federal level. Much of the early development of the future Park was accomplished by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The national park covers an area of 1,250 square miles and the nearby state park includes the Solitario and other areas in adjacent Presidio County. The Parks lie within the Chihuahuan Desert zone of Northern Mexico, West Texas and New Mexico.

See also our Trans-Pecos Texas Geology Resources.


Online Resources

Big Bend National Park contains a wealth of information about the park, it's setting and history.

Big Bend National Park Pointers and Pictures. Art Busbey's site is good for links to other Big Bend resources and photos of the Park.

Big Bend National Park Virtual Field Trip "was created as an independent study project for the Texas A&M University Department of Geology under the supervision of Dr. Bruce Herbert."

Online Maps

The PCL Map Collection has three Big Bend maps available on-line (note these are big files):
Big Bend National Park Topographic Map (796k)

Big Bend National Park Regional Map (29k)

Big Bend National Park Map (1M)


General

Big Bend : Official National Park Handbook. 1983. National Park Handbook 119
F 392 B53 B49 1983 Geology Library

The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier. Tyler, R.C. 1975
F 392 B54 T9 Geology Library

Big Bend Country: a history of Big Bend National Park. 1985. Big Bend Natural History Association
-q- F 392 B54 M39 1985 Geology Library

Big Bend vistas : a geological exploration of the Big Bend / by William MacLeod. Texas Geological Press.
F 392 B54 M298 2003 Geology Library

The Big Bend of the Rio Grande, a Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park. 1968. Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 7
QE 167 T4245 Geology Library

Down to Earth at Tuff Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas. Barker, Daniel S. 2000.
QE 168 B5 B27 2000 Geology Library

Enjoying Big Bend National Park. Clark, Gary. 2009
F 392 B53 C58 2009 Geology Library

Geologic and Historic Guide to the State Parks of Texas. 1970. Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 10
QE 167 T4245 Geology Library

Geological, geochemical, and geophysical studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Edited by J.E. Gray and W.R. Page. 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1327
QE 75 C5 NO.1327 Geology Library

Geology and Tertiary Igneous Activity of the Hen Egg Mountain and Christmas Mountains quadrangles, Big Bend Region, Texas. 1989. Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations 183
QE 167 T42 no.183 Geology Library

Geology of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. 1967. Bureau of Economic Geology Publication 6711
QE 167 U558 no.6711 Geology Library

Geology of Texas, v.1, Stratigraphy; v.2 Structural and Economic Geology. 1932-34. Bureau of Economic Geology Bulletins 3232, 3401
QE 167 U558 no.3232, 3401 Geology Library

Geology of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Henry, C. 1998. Bureau of Economic Geology GB 27
QE 167 T4245 no.27 Geology Library

Geology of the Solitario Dome, Trans-Pecos, Texas. 1996. Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations 240
QE 167 T42 no.240 Geology Library

Geology of the Solitario, Trans-Pecos, Texas. 1990. Geological Society of America Special Paper #250
QE 1 G2197 no.250 Geology Library

Geomorphic evolution of the Rio Grande. 1975. Baylor Geologic Study no.29
QE 167 B35 no.29 Geology Library

God's country or devil's playground : the best nature writing from the Big Bend of Texas / edited by Barney Nelson. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002. Corrie Herring Hooks series ; no. 54.
QH 105 T4 G64 2002

Hiking Big Bend National Park. Parent, Laurence. 1996. Falcon Press.
GV 199.42 T492 1996 Geology Library

Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, and Quality of Water of the Basin and Oak Spring Areas of the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas. 1993. USGS Water Resources Investigations 93-4112
GB 701 W375 93-4112 Geology Library

Mirages, Mysteries and Reality: Brewster County, Texas, the Big Bend of the Rio Grande. 1972
F 392 B85 C3 Geology Library

Official Guide to Texas State Parks. Parent, L. 1997
F 384.3 P36 1997 Geology Library & PCL Reference

Road Guide to Backcountry Dirt Roads of Big Bend National Park. (rev.)1993
F 392 B53 B49 1983 Geology Library

Rosillo Peak site : a prehistoric mountaintop campsite in Big Bend National Park, Texas / Robert J. Mallouf, William A. Cloud, and Richard W. Walter. Alpine, Tex. : Center for Big Bend Studies, Sul Ross State University and Big Bend. Papers of the Trans-Pecos Archaeological Program ; no. 1.
E 78 T4 M329 2006 Geology Library

Tertiary Volcanism of the Bofecillos Mountains and Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas: Revised Stratigraphy and 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology. Henry, C. 1998. BEG Report of Investigations 253
QE 167 T42 no.253 Geology Library


Field Guides

1984 spring field trip : Big Bend National Park, Texas / Corpus Christi Geological Society. Spring field trip. Field trip guidebook (Corpus Christi Geological Society) ; 1984.
QE 168 B5 C67 1984 Geology Library

Big Bend field trip : November 2-5, 1994 : guidebook. Erdlac, Richard John ; edited by Amy L. Vanderhill and Gary A. Leaf ; graphics by Karen Potter. Mobil Oil, 1994.
QE 168 B5 E73 1994 Geology Library

Big Bend Field Trip Structural Types and Hydrocarbons: Folds, Faults, and Fractures : Guidebook, Permian Basin Section-SEPM, April 16-18, 1998. Erdlac, R.J. and Zaeff, G., eds. 1998. Publication (SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). Permian Basin Section) ; 98-40.
QE 168 P47 S6243 1998B Geology Library

Field Seminar of the Big Bend, Trans-Pecos Region, Texas. 1986. James B. Stevens, leader, David C. Roberts, coordinator, Margaret S. Stevens, illustrator. Houston Geological Society guidebook, April 1986.
QE 168 B5 H68 1986 Geology Library

Geology of the Big Bend Area and Solitario Dome, Texas : 1986 field trip guidebook. Publication / West Texas Geological Society ; no. 86-82. March 12 - 15, 1986.
QE 167 W4486 NO. 86-82 Geology Library

Guide book [for the] field conference of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Vertebrate Paleontology, Biostratigraphy and Depositional Environments, Latest Cretaceous and Tertiary, Big Bend Area, Texas. 1989.
QE 841 S6 1989 NO.1 A,B,C Geology Library

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Fall 2007 Big Bend field trip field guide / Thomas M. Lehman, Arthur B. Busbey.
QE 841 S6 2007B TEXT and CD-ROM Geology Library

Structure and stratigraphy of Trans-Pecos Texas : El Paso to Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend, July 20-29, 1989 / leaders, William R. Muehlberger, Patricia W. Dickerson ; associate leaders, J. Russell Dyer, David V. LeMone. International Geological Congress (28th : 1989 : Washington, D.C.). Field trip guidebook. T317. Muehlberger, W.R. Washington, D.C. : American Geophysical Union, c1989.
QE 601 S335 1989M Geology Library

Also issued in collective volumes titled: Sedimentation and Tectonics of Western North America. "Field trip guidebook T317."
QE 601 S335 1989 v.3 Geology Library

Vertebrate paleontology and continental stratigraphy field trip, Big Bend Area, Texas, March 27-31, 1972. John A. Wilson, leader, assisted by Charles G. Groat and others. Wilson, John Andrew. 1972.
QE 168 B5 W5 Geology Library


Maps

Big Bend National Park, Texas. 1992. Trails Illustrated Topo Map no. 225.
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4032 B5 E63 1992 T7 Geology Maps

Down to earth at Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas : geologic map and trail-side geology / by Christopher D. Henry and Jay A. Raney. Scale 1:80,000 ; Universal transverse Mercator proj., zone 13, NAD27. Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2002.
G 4032 B532 2002 H467

Emory Peak - Presidio Sheet. 1979. Geologic Atlas of Texas (1:250,000 scale)
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4031 C5 s250 T4 no.15 Geology Maps

Geologic Highway Map of Texas. 1973. AAPG Geologic Highway Map Series
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4031 C5 1973 R4 Geology Maps

Geologic Map of the Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. 1966. from: BEG Guidebook 7
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4033 B76 C5 1966 M3 Geology Maps

Geologic Map of the Glenn Spring Quadrangle, Big Bend National Park, Texas. 2008. Bureau of Economic Geology Miscellaneous Map No.46.
G 4032 B5 C5 2008 C6 Geology Maps

Geology of Bofecillos Mountains Area, Trans-Pecos Texas. 1970. Bureau of Economic Geology Geologic Quadrangle Map no.37
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4031 C5 T4 GQ37 Geology Maps

The Basins and Ranges; The Mountains of Far Western Texas. 1986. Earth Enterprises. (1:500,000 scale)
Geology Library - Tobin Map Collection
G 4031 C2 1986 F4 Geology Maps

Summary of the Tectonic Development of Trans-Pecos Texas. 1985. Bureau of Economic Geology Miscellaneous Map no.36 (1:500,000 scale)
Geology Library - Tobin Collection
G 4032 T7 C55 1985 H4 Geology Maps

Online Maps

The PCL Map Collection has three Big Bend maps available on-line (note these are big files):
Big Bend National Park Topographic Map (796k)

Big Bend National Park Regional Map (29k)

Big Bend National Park Map (1M)


Graduate Research

Theses and dissertations from the University of Texas at Austin are shelved alphabetically by last name in our Theses and Dissertations area. Graduate research from other universities are shelved in the stacks under Library of Congress call numbers.

Bagstad, D.P., 1981. Structural Analysis of Folding of Paleozoic Sequence, Solitario Uplift, Trans-Pecos, Texas. (MS, Texas Tech)
QE 654 B34 1981

Bumgardner, J., 1976. Geology of the Gabbro Sill Surrounding Mariscal Mountain, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1976 B88

Cobb, R.C., 1980. Structural Geology of the Santiago Mountains Between Pine Mountain and Persimmon Gap, Trans-Pecos Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1980 C634

Davies, K., 1983. Hadrosaurian Dinosaurs of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1983 D287

DeCamp, D., 1981. Structural Geology of Mesa de Anguila, Big Bend National Park, Trans-Pecos Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1981 D355

Diggs, T., 1989. Sedimentology and Structural Geology of the Housetop Mountains/Castle Mountain Area, Marathon Basin, Trans-Pecos Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1989 D569

Drenth, Benjamin John. Interpretation of geophysical anomalies over the Pine Canyon caldera, Big Bend National Park, Texas. THESIS (M.S.)--University of Texas at El Paso, 2005.
QE 462 R4 D74 2005

Hopkins, E., 1965. Sedimentology of the Aguja Formation, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1965 H774

Lawson, D., 1972. Paleoecology of the Tornillo Formation, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1972 L444

Lehman, T., 1982. A Ceratopsian Bone Bed From the Aguja Formation (Upper Cretaceous) Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1982 L528

Lewis, P.S., 1978. Igneous Petrology and Strontium Isotope Geochemistry of the Christmas Mountains, Brewster County, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1978 L588

Maler, M., 1989. Structural Geology of the Southernmost Sierra del Caballo Muerto/Boquillas Canyon Area, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1989 M293

Miller, Mary Stewart, 1997. Squamates of the Campanian Terlingua Local Fauna, Brewster County, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1997 M616

Moustafa, A., 1983. Analysis of Laramide and Younger Deformation of a Segment of the Big Bend Region, Texas. (PhD)
DISS 1983 M867

Ogley, D., 1978. Eruptive History of the Pine Canyon Caldera, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1978 Og5

Poth, Stephen, 1979. Structural Transition Between the Santiago and Del Carmen Mountains in Northern Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1979 P848

Runkel, A., 1988. Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Vertebrate Paleontology of Eocene Rocks, Big Bend Region, Texas. (PhD)
DISS 1988 R874

Sankey, J. T., 1998. Vertebrate Paleontology and Magnetostratigraphy of the Upper Aguja Formation (Late Campanian), Talley Mountain Area, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (PhD - Northern Arizona State University)
QE 841 S266 1998a

Schiebout, J., 1970. Sedimentology of Paleocene Black Peaks Formation, Western Tornillo Flat, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1970 SCH32

Schiebout, J., 1973. Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology of Paleocene Black Peaks Formation, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (PhD)
DISS 1973 Sch32

Stevens, J.B., 1969. Geology of the Castolon Area, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas. (PhD)
DISS 1969 ST47

Thurwachter, J., 1984. Sedimentology of Neogene Basin-Fill Deposits, Lower Tornillo Creek Area, Big Bend National Park, Texas. (MA)
THESIS 1984 T427

Toelle, B.E., 1981. Structural Geology of the Persimmon Gap Area of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas based on Remote Sensing and Field Methods. (MS - Stephen F. Austin State University)
FILM 17,464

Tomlinson, S. L., 1997. Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary Turtles from the Big Bend Region, Brewster County, Texas. (PhD - Texas Tech)
QE 862 C5 T66 1997a

White, J. C., 1997. The Petrology of the Leyva Canyon Member of the Rawls Formation, Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas. (MS - Sul Ross State Universtiy)
QE 445 T4 W558 1997a


References

To find more in-depth coverage of journal articles, graduate research done on other campuses, conference proceedings, etc., not listed here:

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology. Comprehensive coverage of Texas geology up to 1985.
* Geology Library Reference area

GeoRef . Access restricted to UT facutly, staff, and students. Online version of the Bibliography and Index of Geology.
This index covers the geological literature of North America since 1669, and the world since 1933. Best continuation for the Texas bibliography for publications since 1985.


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